Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with a new Let’s Talk Teaware post and this time around I am going to be reviewing Viva Scandinavia’s – Bjorn Teapot. I’m honestly quite shocked that it has taken me this long to review a teapot on my blog, how can I have been writing a blog about tea and everything in the tea world since for year and not reviewed one single teapot until today! I’m honestly so shocked I don’t know why it’s taken me so long. But I have a beautiful teapot to start off what I know will probably end up being a big list of tea pot reviews to come over the next few years. You all know just how much I love Glass Teaware so I’m sure you all know just how excited I was when this beautiful teapot turned up at my house.
I was supposed to review this in 2019 as it has been a little while since Viva sent me the Teapot but as I’m sure you all know by now 2019 was quite a hard year for me pain wise so I didn’t manage to write as many posts as I would have liked to and I had to put a hold on a lot of things I needed to review. So I wanted to make sure that I reviewed this as early as I could in 2020 so I wasn’t leaving both the Team at Viva and all of you waiting any longer.
Here’s what Viva Scandinavia have to say about this Teapot over on their website: ”Unlock a new depth of enjoyment from your favourite tea with our bestselling Bjorn teapot. Savour the delightful experience of watching your tea grow deeper and richer as it brews to perfection inside the dramatic glass body.”
My Overall Experience With The Bjorn Teapot
I’ve now used this teapot a number of times, for a few different teas and it’s actually helped me to do a few tasting sessions for my blog. So far my experience with it has been a good one. It hold a lots of tea (1.3 Litres to be exact) so it’s great for days when I sit and write blog posts and days when I’m in too much pain to get up and make my self numerous cups of tea, well it will be as soon as I buy a teapot cosy so I can keep my tea hotter for longer. I knew I was going to like this teapot from the get go because it’s glass (Borosilicate) and anyone who knows me knows that glass teaware is my favourite and makes up most of my teaware collection. Not only that but I love how unique the design is. I don’t have another teapot like this in my collection and it’s definitely a stand out piece for me. The infuser is fine enough that I can brew things like rooibos and blends with smaller elements without any of it coming through into my tea which is a big plus for me. There are far too many teapots out there that have infusers that can only really be used for full leaf teas and it means that I can only brew larger leaf teas in them, limiting my use of the teapot. So, it was nice to see that I could use this teapot for whatever tea I wanted to without having to worry. I also appreciate the silicone rim on the top of the infuser because it mean that my clumsy self could take it out easy when my tea was done brewing without burning myself (which happens far too often). The glass does get a little hot though so I still do have to be careful.
I was a little bit worried that the handle was going to get hot and make it hard for me to pour my tea without hurting myself as it’s made of metal and sit directly above the lid but that wasn’t the case at all. It got slightly warm but it wasn’t enough to burn me and I was able to pour my tea quite easily. For the most part it pours quite smoothly but the spout does dribble slightly which is annoying and does require me to constantly make sure the bottom of the pot was dry as to not leave tea stains on the surfaces I chose to sit it on throughout the day. I also really do wish it had kept my tea hotter for a bit longer. It keeps my tea hot for around half an hour before it properly starts to cool and I can’t really drink 1.3 litres of tea in that time so I would definitely recommend using a teapot cosy with this to keep your tea hotter for a little longer, however this would be ideal for brewing a few cups for you and some friends.
As beautiful as this teapot is I will say its bloody hard to clean because the infuser isn’t large in circumference, which means that unlike a normal teapot you can’t fit much more than a bottle brush inside this and even then that won’t reach everything. The spout was the easiest part to clean but only because I had a spout brush that I could use, had I not had that brush the spout also would have been quite hard to clean but I suppose that’s the same with most teapots really isn’t it. I just wish that the infuser could have been a little wider so that the opening of the teapot was also wider because then I would have been able to wash and dry this with no problems at all. The fact that it’s so hard to clean properly is deffinelty where this falls flat for me.
My experience with this teapot really is a mixed bag its great in some ways and not so great in others and I’m still yet to make a proper decision when it comes to this teapot. Yes, aesthetically its beautiful and definitely makes a statement but functionality wise there are areas in which it does fall flat. Yes this will stay a part of my glass teaware collection and I will use it from time to time but I would have loved for this to have been a staple part of my tea journey and been my go to teapot. Yes there are ways that I will be able to enhance my experience with this teapot better but I shouldn’t have to purchase extras to make my experience with a teapot better it should have just been great on it’s own.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.5/5
If you want to find out more about Viva Scandinavia and purchase a teapot like this for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley